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Anti Defamation League – Time to Redefine Defamation

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on July 31, 2010

Mmmm….Anti-Defamation….has a ring doesn’t it?  May even inspire one…against defamation, against slander, against vilification..I like it.

Who are they anyway?  Founded in 1913, the ADL, in its words, “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”  Ok, I am still on board, I like this concept.

Except when it does the exact opposite of its mission statement.  Evidently defamation, bigotry, democratic ideals and civil right do not apply to Islam.  It seems that the Anti-Defamation League that defender of truth and fairness, accuracy doesn’t think it is appropriate for a Mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

Here’s the full release of their press statement:

We regard freedom of religion as a cornerstone of the American democracy, and that freedom must include the right of all Americans – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faiths – to build community centers and houses of worship.

We categorically reject appeals to bigotry on the basis of religion, and condemn those whose opposition to this proposed Islamic Center is a manifestation of such bigotry.

However, there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site. We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell our nation there, the pain we all still feel – and especially the anguish of the families and friends of those who were killed on September 11, 2001.

The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic Center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process. Therefore, under these unique circumstances, we believe the City of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be found.

In recommending that a different location be found for the Islamic Center, we are mindful that some legitimate questions have been raised about who is providing the funding to build it, and what connections, if any, its leaders might have with groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values. These questions deserve a response, and we hope those backing the project will be transparent and forthcoming. But regardless of how they respond, the issue at stake is a broader one.

Proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.

Mmmm, a question of what is right.  Is that what that statement said?  Let’s read it again:  But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right.

Well now we all know who we should seek out if we have a question about what is right.   I wonder if a Jewish synagogue were asked not to open up because an already exiting mosque were near by if they would view that as the right thing to do?

What about the pain of the families who lost their Muslim mother, father, husband, sister, brother, wife, child  on 9/11?  Their pain is not valid?

Let’s blow away the smoke from this statement and call a spade a spade:  this has nothing to do with what is “right” – it has everything to do with stoking the flames of hatred and fear about Islam.  It is a self serving statement that in short says, we don’t like Islam, we won’t tolerate it.  God forbid we should actually tolerate another’s religious belief, or even attempt to understand it.  Or more importantly to recognize, acknowledge that the God of Judaism, is the same God of Christianity and the same God of Islam.  These three faiths are are permanently linked together literally.   It is about using Islam as a pinata for all that ails the world.  It is about keeping the flames of hatred and fear alive…after all what would happen if we reached out…perhaps we wouldn’t need any group for anti-defamation.


2 Responses to “Anti Defamation League – Time to Redefine Defamation”

  1. gesvol said

    Well I was with them until “However”. Why is there a “However”? I just can’t see how this opposition is fueled by anything but bigotry. Bigotry fueled by “strong passions and keen sensitivities” is still bigotry.

  2. […] The Anti Defamation League, who thinks it is wrong to hate, except if you are a Muslim. Contact them at http://support.adl.org/site/PageServer?pagename=contact_us I did with the following […]

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